Why Is My Battery Draining So Fast? Reasons & Solutions For iPhone

Why does my iPhone die so fast"? "Why is my battery draining so fast"? Are these question you find yourself asking regularly? Then, in this article, we explain why your iPhone battery drains so quickly and ways to improve your iPhone's battery life.

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Mail & Push Notifications

To stay up to date, you may enable push mail and notifications. This setting keeps your data synced. However, the constant syncing taxes your battery. Here's how to change the frequency at which your iPhone checks for mail.

  • Firstly, go to Settings -> Accounts & Passwords -> Fetch New Data.
  • Here, select turn off Push at the top.
  • Then, scroll to the bottom and choose Every 15 Minutes under Fetch.
  • Lastly, tap on each email account and, if possible, change it to Fetch.

By changing the setting, you significantly improve your iPhone's battery life. Also, whenever you open the mail app, your iPhone automatically checks for new mail regardless of your settings.

Disable/Limit Push Notifications

  • Firstly, Go to Settings -> Notifications.
  • Here, you see a list of all your apps.
  • Beneath the name of each app, you’ll see either Off or the kind of notifications that app is allowed to send you: Badges, Sounds, or Banners.
  • Lastly, to turn off notifications, tap the name of the app and turn off the switch next to Allow Notifications.

Disable Location Services

Location Services are useful. However, they put a toll on the operating system and battery life. While I do not recommend turning off location services completely, you can limit it. After all, you want location services to use features like Find My iPhone.

  • Firstly, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services.
  • Then, tap Share My Location. Useful to share your location with your family and friends in the Messages app.
  • Now, scroll to the bottom and tap System Services. (Most of these settings are all about sending data to Apple for marketing and research.)
    • Disable everything except Emergency SOSFind My iPhone (so you can locate it if it’s lost) and Motion Calibration & Distance (if you’d like to use your iPhone as a pedometer – otherwise, turn that off too).
    • Tap Significant Locations.  Turn off Significant Locations. Tap <System Services to return to the main System Services menu.
    • Turn off all the toggles under Product Improvement.
    • Then, scroll to the bottom and turn on Status Bar Icon. This feature lets you know when your phone uses location services. A tiny arrow appears near the battery icon.
    • Lastly, tap <Location Services to go back to the main Location Services menu.
  • Turn off Location Services for apps.
    • Do you see a purple arrow next to an app? Then, it’s using your location. A gray arrow means that it’s used your location within the last 24 hours and a purple-outlined arrow means it’s using a geofence.
    • Tap on the name of an app and choose Never to stop the app from draining your battery by using your GPS.

Turn Off Diagnostics & Usage Data

  • Firstly, open the Settings app.
  • Privacy.
  • Here, scroll to the bottom, and tap to open Analytics.
  • Lastly, turn off the switch next to Share iPhone Analytics and Share iCloud Analytics to stop your iPhone from automatically sending data to Apple about how you use your iPhone.

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Close Apps

This one is conditional. Some apps need closing. However, in most cases, it is safe to leave them in a suspended state. Contrary to popular belief, closing apps on your iPhone do not help your battery life (the process of double pressing the home button + swiping apps up to clear them). In fact, by doing so, you cause your iPhone to use more power due to clearing local memory which will have to be reloaded each time you reopen the app.

  • Firstly, double-click the Home Button.
  • The iPhone app switcher appears.
  • To browse through the list, swipe left or right with your finger.
  • To close an app, use your finger to swipe up on the app and push it off the top of the screen.
  • Also, it is wise to delete apps you do not use.

Disable Widgets

  • To access your widgets, tap the Home button to go to your iPhone’s Home screen.
  • Then, swipe from left to right to bring up your widgets.
  • Then, scroll down and tap the circular Edit button.
  • Here, a list of the widgets you can add or remove on your iPhone appears.
  • To remove a widget, tap the red minus button to its left.

Limit Background App Refresh

Go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh. At the top, there is a toggle switch that turns off Background App Refresh. However, this disables the feature for all apps. You can opt to scroll through the list of apps and toggle the switch next to an individual app name off.

Why Does My iPhone Die So Fast Q&A Section

Why Is My Phone's Battery Draining So Fast?

Often times, the reason your battery drains quickly is software related. Things you can do include changing settings, checking applications, modify background app usage etc. Also, if your battery is dying fast, things like location services, WiFi & data drain a lot of battery life.

How Long Does It Take For An iPhone Battery To Die?

Apple estimates the iPhone can offer up to 8 hours of talk time per charge. Hence, on a regular day with normal usage, you iPhone's battery ought to last the entire day. However, when you factor in social media usage, video & music streaming, and miscellaneous web browsing, you can expect your battery to run out rather quickly.

How Do I Stop My Phone Battery From Draining?

  • Monitor apps.
  • Replace your old battery with a new one.
  • Check your charger.
  • Turn off or limit Location Services.
  • Switch off auto-brightness.
  • Shorten your screen timeout.
  • Monitor/limit widgets and background apps.
  • 'Operating system' using too much battery. Do a hard reset.

How To Reset Any iPhone

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